- East Zone motion within the AFC Champions League resumes on Wednesday
- Sixteen sides will compete to face Persepolis within the last
- Cedric Bakambu, Andres Iniesta and Renato Augusto are gamers to watch
Persepolis will symbolize the west within the AFC Champions League 2020. The query now’s: which one of many remaining 16 groups from the east will be a part of them within the 19 December showpiece?
Three FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums – Al Janoub Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium and Education City Stadium – in addition to Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, will stage the East Zone’s remaining motion over a month.
Many eyes might be on two-time winners Jeonbuk Motors, who’re in search of to full a treble, having gained a home league and cup this season. China PR’s Guangzhou Evergrande additionally arrive in Doha hopeful of lifting the trophy for a 3rd time.
Despite narrowly dropping to Jeonbuk in Korea Republic’s FA Cup last, Ulsan Hyundai might be hoping to reproduce the shape which noticed them conquer Asia in 2012. Elsewhere, A-League champions Sydney FC are keen to go all the way in which of their ninth AFC Champions League marketing campaign, whereas debutants Perth Glory and Vissel Kobe are decided to make a mark.
Guangzhou Evergrande v Suwon Bluewings
Having not too long ago misplaced to Jiangsu Suning within the Chinese Super League last, Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou might be hoping to make amends on the continental entrance. Missing star man Paulinho due to harm, nonetheless, they face a tricky take a look at towards a closely-skilled Suwon. The groups drew 2-2 twice throughout the 2017 version.
Yokohama F. Marinos v Jeonbuk Motors
Jose Morais is aware of his Jeonbuk aspect have all of it to do in a bunch that additionally contains Sydney FC, Shanghai SIPG and Yokohama F. Marinos. With only a level from the opening two matches in February, the Ok League giants know that they can not afford additional slip-ups and might be motivated to avenge their 2-1 loss to leaders Yokohama within the rematch.
Melbourne Victory v Beijing Guoan
Mebourne and Beijing aren’t any strangers to one another having met within the group stage in 2010. The earlier conferences noticed the Chinese outfit get the higher with a win and a draw, and with Brazilian Renato Augusto and Congolese Cedric Bakambu raring to do, they may count on extra of the identical. The A-League aspect, for his or her half, will look to their new acquisition Ben Folami, who not too long ago joined them on mortgage from English League One outfit Ipswich Town.
Players to watch
If his performances for Ulsan this season are something to go by, Junior Negrao is ready to frighten defences. The 33-12 months-outdated completed because the Ok League 2020’s high scorer with 26 objectives.
Beijing’s Bakambu additionally heads into Champions League motion on the again of a sequence of good performances on the native scene. The 29-12 months-outdated was the Super League’s main marksman this time period with 14 objectives as his aspect completed within the high three.
Vissel Kobe, after all, can draw inspiration from their captain Andres Iniesta. The Barcelona and Spain legend has made his presence strongly felt since transferring to Japan two years in the past. Notably, he helped Vissel to Emperor’s Cup glory final 12 months, earlier than occurring to win the Japanese Super Cup in February.
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Safety is of high precedence within the AFC Champions League with a sequence of well being laws – related to these in final month’s West Zone marketing campaign – carried out. Notably, all gamers and officers have been required to endure COVID-19 testing earlier than their departure from dwelling and once more upon their arrival in Qatar, whereas subsequent exams might be carried out each three to six days.
What they mentioned
“I think we’ve been winning so much this year because winning is fun. And we’ll try to keep having fun at the tournament.”
Jose Morais, Jeonbuk coach.
“We know we’ve got the toughest group but this is the good thing about it. You play against the best players and that gives the boys an opportunity to show us what they can do.”
Steve Corica, Sydney FC coach